Four larger-than-life American folktales come alive in this collection of comics from award-winning creators and rising stars! The tall tales include Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed.
About the Author
Stephanie True Peters has been writing books for young readers for more than 25 years. Among her most recent titles areSleeping Beauty: Magic MasterandJohnny Slimeseed, both for Capstone's Far-Out Fairy Tale/Folk Tale series. An avid reader, workout enthusiast, and beach wanderer, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her children, Jackson and Chloe, her husband Dan, and the family's two cats and two rabbits. She lives and works in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.
Lisa K. Weber makes art for comics, kid’s books, and cartoons. Her work has included graphic-novel adaptations of classic literature, illustrated books for young and middle-grade readers, and character and storyboard design for animations. She cofounded the comic book label HexComix in 2014, cocreating and illustrating its flagship title, Hex11, which earned a nomination for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, raised in Wilmette, Illinois, and schooled in New York City, Lisa currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where she enjoys healthy doses of satire, science fiction, and classic-rock radio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
American history has many folk tales, the most famous of which are that of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, and Pecos Bill. The stories of these four heroes is told in Tall, the Great American Folk Tale anthology. The anthology has a western theme, and the book starts out with fake old west advertisements for a variety of products. Then, the book dives into the stories of the four heroes.The heroes are portrayed with humor, and the art is vibrant and somewhat cartoonish in style. The stories are told with a variety of jokes sure to amuse elementary aged children, such as the fact that it was so cold in one place Paul Bunyan was that his words froze in the air! This book will definitely have a place in the folktale section of a public or elementary library, as it may not circulate in the graphic novel section, as it really reads more as a folktale with pictures than a graphic novel about a folktale. Additionally, after each story there is a little section with background on the history of the folk tale.
Tall: Great American Folktales is a wonderful retelling of the tall tales of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed in graphic novel format. It is sure to be a hit, as well as fit a requirement in the TEKs, here in Texas. The illustrations are superb and the stories true to the old tales. Tall recreates the tales in a ways that the reader will remember them for years. This is a definite purchase for my early elementary library.Received Galley from NetGalley.com
Do you ever wonder how the tales we grew up on have passed by the wayside? Take a moment and revive them at your house! This graphic novel features four beloved tall tales that will encompass even your most difficult reader. We sat forever and learned about Paul Bunyon, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed. Even if you’re not interested in the tall tales – the graphics are worth your time to check this one out! Hott Review More and more I must say that I have a thing for Capstone. I’ve yet to see a children’s book that they’ve published and I’ve not liked loved. Sure, they have some awesome stories but their graphics keep even the children who dislike reading interested – Thanks, Capstone!